Rodeo gig part of ho­tel’s events push

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The trans­for­ma­tion of the Whim Creek Ho­tel as an events des­ti­na­tion will take its bold­est step to date next month when a rodeo graces the pub’s grounds.

The pink pub hosted Wolf Creek star John Jar­ratt ear­lier in the year and was the site of a mur­der-mys­tery event last week­end but the rodeo is set to step it up an­other level.

While it is un­likely to rival the Robe River Rodeo for pres­tige at this stage, the lo­ca­tion between the Pil­bara’s two big­gest pop­u­la­tion cen­tres gives the event ev­ery chance of pulling a big crowd.

Whim Creek Ho­tel pub­li­can Bob Bon­giorno said af­ter dab­bling in a few smaller events this year, the pub was ready to step up to the big league.

“We will have it set up with more bars around the place and the arena it­self will ac­tu­ally be out the front,” he said. It is some­thing I think fits quite nicely.

“We are sur­rounded by cat­tle sta­tions and the pub is an events venue.

Mr Bon­giorno said he was ex­pect­ing a cou­ple of thou­sand pa­trons to at­tend the two-day event. The camp­grounds for the rodeo will be be­side the Balla Balla road across from the pub.

Rodeo events will in­clude sad­dle bronc, bare­back, ladies’ and ju­nior bar­rel, ju­nior steer, bull ride and novice bull ride.

For those look­ing for some­thing else over the week­end, the pub will also host a show ‘n’ shine by the NorWest Car Club, a pony club ex­hi­bi­tion and a range of live bands and en­ter­tain­ment.

The rodeo will be held on Oc­to­ber 8 and 9 and Mr Bon­giorno said it would def­i­nitely be­come an an­nual event af­ter this year’s launch.

Details for how to buy tickets for the rodeo and camp­grounds are avail­able on the Whim Creek Rodeo Face­book page.

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